Sunday Nature Quote: Wild Beauty

God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.

~ ~ John Muir ~ ~

11062010 091-001

Montezuma Valley Overlook, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Transportative photography: Warmth of Place

There’s nothing special about this photograph, no amazing elements, no dramatic effects, no eye-popping subject but when I see this picture my eyes and my heart are drawn into it. The yellow bushes pop out and scream “warmth”. When I took this photo I had recently left the cold, damp northeast for a month in the southwest. What I noticed about the desert landscape is its ability to warm you to the core and melt all stresses trapped in the body.

Great Dunes wasn’t my favorite nor was there anything particularly remarkable about this photo but I can’t help but be drawn into its landscape.

Great Dunes National Park, CO

Great Dunes National Park, Colorado

For the Love of Geography: High Desert Land

The Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Escape Dunes

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Hiking on the Great Sand Dunes

Other posts in this series on Deserts: Great Basin, Chihuahuan Desert, High Desert Land, Sonoran Desert